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Reader ripostes: Nicholas Burns, defence policy

24 June 2011 14:26

Ash Khan responds to Sam Roggeveen's post on whether India would participate in a 'sea of democracies' facing China, as envisaged by former US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns:

Re: your last question about India's participation, we're getting more and more clues, like this one.

And on defence policy, Neil Watson writes:

At the risk of self-promotion, I can assure Anton Kuruc that indeed many people 'in the mid 80s and 90s foresaw the situation we would find ourselves in only a decade or so later.' I was a student at the Army's Command and Staff College, Queenscliff in 1986 — along with David Hurley, amongst others — and our last formal writing assignment for the year was an essay on 'A Force Structure for the Australian Army into the Year 2000', following the Dibb Review of that year. I and a number of other students argued strongly that the Australian Army and the ADF needed to concentrate on the creation and maintenance of deployable forces, rather than a Fortress Australia, as existing alliance and treaty obligations would see us fighting overseas, long before we fought on Australian soil.

A formal debate was then held in Monash Hall between the Dibb-ers and the anti-Dibbers, in front of the then Major-General Snoopy Baker (my memory may be faulty there). I have the hand-written (!) original of my paper available.